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Best TV for gaming 2022: The top televisions for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and every other console


Enjoy a true next-gen experience with the best gaming TVs of 2022

Video games are the biggest global entertainment industry and competition for the title of best TV for gaming is fiercer than ever.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have ushered in an era of console power and performance unlike anything we've seen before and you can now play certain games in 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 120Hz, if you own one of the best gaming TVs that is.

Even if you've not been lucky enough to get your hands on a next-gen console, now is still a great time to upgrade your gaming TV. The PS4 and Xbox One X are capable of outputting 4K and HDR content and price is no longer the barrier to entry to the world of 4K HDR TVs it once was.

That doesn't mean choosing the right gaming TV is easy, however. To help you choose the right television for your gaming needs, we've put together a list of the best TVs for gaming we've tested. There's something for everyone no matter their budget but be aware that cheaper options typically lack the cutting-edge features of pricier alternatives.

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Best gaming TVs: At a glance

How to choose the best TV for gaming

There are numerous factors to consider when buying a TV for gaming. Below, we’ll break down the key things to think about before making a purchase.

What type of TV panel is best for gaming?

There are two main types of modern TV panel - those that have a liquid-crystal display illuminated by light-emitting diodes (LCD LED) and those that use self-emissive organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). Both have pros and cons so which you choose will ultimately come down to your budget and which performance aspects you deem most important.

LCD LED: These are generally the cheaper option but tend to be bulkier as they require a backlight to illuminate the liquid crystals in their panel. This backlight allows LCD TVs to achieve higher peak brightness than OLEDs but comes at the cost of energy efficiency.

You’ll find a few LCD TV variants, all of which use an LED backlight. Quantum Dot LED TVs feature a layer of microscopic quantum dots that emit colour in reaction to light, enabling the panel to reach higher levels of peak brightness than normal LED panels. Similarly, LG’s NanoCell TVs add a layer of nanoparticles to filter out unwanted light wavelengths to improve the purity of certain colours.

In 2021, we started to see Mini LED TVs come to market. These use LEDs about one-fortieth the size of regular LEDs, enabling more of them to be squeezed into a panel of the same size. The increased number of LEDs allows for greater control over local dimming, which in turn results in better black levels, contrast and peak brightness.

Quantum Dot, Mini LED and NanoCell aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, premium LCD TVs like LG’s QNED90 incorporate all three technologies.

OLED: OLED panels use an organic material that emits light when a current is passed through it. Each pixel acts as its own light source, and pixels can also turn off completely to achieve perfect black. This means that OLEDs can achieve superior contrast compared to their LCD counterparts. They also offer better viewing angles, more vivid colours and are thinner and lighter. However, they cost a fair bit more than most of their LCD LED options.

OLEDs also run the risk of incurring permanent image burn-in. This happens when certain LEDs in a display are used more regularly than others and become dimmer faster, results in a "ghost image" that persists on the screen no matter what you're watching

Burn-in only occurs when an image stays on the same part of the screen for long periods of time - we're talking many hundreds of hours. In normal use, it shouldn’t be a concern, but if you don't want to take the risk, you're better off with an LCD option

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What gaming-specific features should I look out for?

In recent years, we’ve started to see mid-range and premium televisions adding support for a number of exciting “next-gen” gaming features, and they’re well worth knowing about if you want to get the best out of your new console or high-end PC. Some of these are only available if your TV has an HDMI 2.1 port that supports them, which is why those ports are so sought after by gamers.

VRR: Unlike films and TV shows, gaming frame rates fluctuate depending on the amount of processing required by the GPU. That’s where variable refresh rate (VRR) comes in: it allows the TV to adjust its refresh rate to match that of the game’s, thus minimising judder, lag and frame-tearing for smoother, more fluid gameplay. AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync are two well-known forms of VRR

ALLM: TVs supporting auto low-latency mode (ALLM) will automatically switch to a low-latency mode when compatible consoles are connected, helping the TV to deliver the fastest possible response times. Picture quality will take a small hit in low-latency modes because the TV has to dial back its picture processing to speed up response times

4K at 120Hz: The PS5 and Xbox Series X are able to output games at 4K resolution at up to 120Hz. Simply owning a 120Hz TV doesn’t guarantee you can take advantage of this - you’ll need to ensure it has an HDMI 2.1 port that supports 4K at 120Hz otherwise you’ll be limited to 4K at 60Hz.

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What is input lag and why is it important?

Input lag is the delay between executing an action (such as pressing a button) and the actual result manifesting itself on the TV screen. In terms of numbers, the higher the input lag, the more sluggish the game will feel. This obviously affects gameplay, especially for fast-paced games such as racing and first-person shooter titles.

Modern smart TVs come with complicated picture-processing algorithms that can increase input lag significantly, with everything from motion enhancement to deinterlacing having some impact. As a result, a lot of TV manufacturers now include a specific Game mode that minimises input lag.

How does Expert Reviews test TVs?

All of the televisions listed below have undergone rigorous testing using the Portrait Displays Calman colour calibration software. We test numerous aspects of SDR and HDR performance to bring you data-led reviews designed to help you make informed buying decisions when splashing out on your next TV.

The best gaming TVs to buy in 2022

1. Hisense Roku TV: The best budget gaming TV

Price: From £349 (43in) | Buy now from Argos

If you’ve yet to make the leap to 4K because the high prices put you off, Hisense’s 2021 Roku TV could be the perfect opportunity for you to finally get on board. Pretty much unrivalled for its balance of features and affordability, the Roku’s VA-type LCD panel using direct LED lighting is able to deliver brighter pictures and higher colour accuracy than its modest price tag would suggest.

As well as serviceable 4K SDR playback, the Roku comes equipped with one of the best TV operating systems on the market. Packed with a full roster of streaming services – including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus and Now (formerly NowTV) – and compatible with media players such as Plex, Roku OS is versatile and extremely easy to use. As an added bonus, Roku’s own streaming app, the Roku Channel, has an ever-growing list of content that is completely free to watch, albeit with adverts.

While the unremarkable HDR and relatively low refresh rate won’t make this the ultimate gaming experience, at this price point the heights reached here are still noteworthy. If higher specifications are important to you (or you want additional features such as HDR10+, VRR or ALLM), you’re better off browsing the rest of this list – but be prepared to up your budget. If you’re looking for 4K playback that won’t break the bank, the Roku is the one for you.

Read our Hisense Roku TV review for more details

Key specs - Display type: VA LCD LED direct-lit; Screen sizes: 43in, 50in (tested), 55in and 65in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Refresh rate: 60Hz; Input lag: <50ms; VRR: No; ALLM: No; Operating system: Roku OS

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2. Samsung AU9000: The best gaming TV under £500

Price: From £399 (43in) | Buy now from Amazon

The Samsung AU9000 is our favourite 4K TV under £500 and has a number of features that make it an attractive choice for gamers. There's support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) in the form of FreeSync and the Auto Low Latency Mode kicks into effect as soon as a console is detected. Input lag is extremely low at under 9ms but, unlike the QN90 below, the panel is limited to 60Hz, which is a blow for next-gen gamers seeking 4K resolution at 120Hz.

If you don't mind playing in 1080p, Samsung's Motion Xcelerator Turbo feature can simulate a faster refresh rate of 120Hz, but perhaps the most appealing feature on offer is the company's new Game Bar. This displays all the key gaming information via one handy interface and allows you to switch between the various aspect ratios, which include 21:9 and 32:9.

Though not the brightest TV around, the AU9000 delivers impressive HDR performance for an affordable set, with detailed, natural-looking images and smooth motion that's free of artefacts. The Tizen OS offers a great range of streaming services for when you're not gaming and Samsung's "AirSlim" design elevates the AU9000 above other TVs in its price bracket when it comes to looks as well as gaming features.

Read our Samsung AU9000 review for more details

Key specs - Display type: VA LCD LED; Screen sizes: 43in (reviewed), 50in, 55in, 65in and 75in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Refresh rate: 60Hz; Input lag: <9ms; VRR: Yes; ALLM: Yes; Operating system: Tizen OS

3. LG C1: The best OLED for gaming

Price: From £1,099 (48in) | Buy now from Currys

When it comes to next-gen gaming TVs, the LG C1 has cornered the market. With its 120Hz OLED display, Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor and four HDMI 2.1 inputs, it’s ready for everything that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 can throw at it. On the LG C1, you’ll find every gaming-centric HDMI 2.1 feature you need: VRR (including G-Sync and FreeSync) for fluid, tear-free play; ALLM to boot the TV into a low input lag Game mode; eARC for lossless audio passthrough; and 4K gaming at 120Hz.

When Game mode is activated, the C1 is capable of astonishing response times. On a 4K/120Hz signal, we recorded an input lag of only 6ms. That’s the fastest response time of any TV we’ve tested to date. Although the Alpha 9 Gen 4 chipset has to tune down its picture processing to reduce input lag in Game mode, overall image quality remains superb.

Speaking of image quality, the C1 has one of the most impressive, colour-accurate displays on the market. And with its pixel-level control, it can achieve perfect black, resulting in a stunning level of contrast for games and films. Viewing angles are excellent on the C1, and it does a great job of reducing diffusion from external light sources, too. Add in Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Atmos, and the LG C1 is clearly the best all-around OLED for gamers and movie buffs alike.

Read our LG C1 OLED review for more details

Key specs - Display type: OLED; Screen sizes: 48in, 55in (tested), 65in, 77in and 83in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Refresh rate: 120Hz; Input lag: 6ms (4K@120Hz); VRR: Yes; ALLM: Yes; Operating system: webOS

4. Sony A80J: Perfect for PlayStation

Price: From £1,299 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

Sony is the manufacturer of the PlayStation 5 and few OLEDs are a better companion for that console than the A80J. The display delivers exceptional SDR and HDR performance and two HDMI 2.1 ports facilitate 4K gaming at 120Hz. Auto HDR Tone Mapping optimises HDR settings when you first connect your console, while Auto Genre Picture Mode detects whether you're using your PlayStation for gaming or streaming and switches picture modes accordingly.

Sound quality is first-rate too, with Sony's Acoustic Surface Pro+ technology transforming the TV's panel into a centre audio channel with great success. Google Assistant is built-in, one of the many perks of the Google TV operating system that features all the key streaming applications likes YouTube, Disney+, Prime Video and Netflix.

All-in-all, the Sony A80J is a wonderful all-rounder that's among the best TVs for gaming around.

Read our full Sony A80J review for more details

Key specs - Display type: OLED; Screen sizes: 55in (tested), 65in and 77in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.1; Refresh rate: 120Hz; Input lag: 16ms (4K@60Hz), 9ms (4K@120Hz); VRR: No; ALLM: Yes; Operating system: Google TV

5. Samsung QN95B: The best QLED for gaming

Price: From £2,499 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

If you want the best non-OLED 4K gaming TV money can buy, this is the television for you. Samsung's 2022 flagship Neo QLED excels in just about every area, with staggering SDR and HDR image quality, an attractive, minimalist aesthetic and engrossing Dolby Atmos audio.

In terms of its gaming-specific credentials, the QN95B features four HDMI 2.1 ports that each support 4K@120Hz, auto low latency mode and variable refresh rate, while Samsung's Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro technology does a great job reduced judder and blurring. Samsung's Game Bar has been updated for 2022 and the 2.0 iteration provides access to all gaming-related information in one convenient location. The list of gaming customisation options is extensive, meaning your sure to find a setting that suits the type of games you play most. Games look fantastic on the QN95B's bright Neo QLED panel, with vivid, accurate colours complemented by inky blacks and oodles of detail in shadows and darker scenes.

If you're not using a gaming headset, you'll enjoy an immersive audio experience delivered by eight speakers built into the TV panel. These use Samsung's Object Tracking Sound Plus technology and it works wonderfully. Positional audio cues are convincing and sound is tracked in such a way that you can't fail to become more immersed in what you're playing.

The lack of support for the Dolby Vision HDR format is our only real grumble, but with native HDR capabilities as impressive as the QN95B's, its absense isn't too keenly felt. OLEDs may be all the rage with affluent gamers, but this Neo QLED has everything it needs to give the best OLEDs around a run for their money.

Read our Samsung QN95B review for more details

Key specs - Display type: Mini LED Neo QLED; Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 75in and 85in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Refresh rate: 120Hz; Input lag: 9ms; VRR: Yes; ALLM: Yes; Operating system: Tizen OS

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6. Hisense A9G: Lots of features at a competitive price

Price: From £949 (55in) | Buy now from Box

While it’s not the most optimised TV for next-gen gaming – a relatively high input lag, no 4K at 120Hz and VRR limited to 48-60Hz – Hisense’s A9G is still a solid, more affordable OLED option for viewers who are less concerned about cutting-edge gaming performance as they are about image fidelity.

With those drawbacks out of the way, let’s get into all the things this TV does right. First of all, it’s packed with flagship features, including Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10+ and even IMAX Enhanced. With these, any 4K HDR content you load up from the TV’s slick and customisable smart platform will be optimised instantly to deliver exceptionally high impact visuals and (if you have a surround-sound setup) immersive, cinema-worthy audio.

There’s also still plenty to love here for gamers, especially if you don’t plan on picking up a next-gen console any time soon. Our reviewer, for instance, played Horizon: Zero Dawn on his PS4 during testing and found the gameplay to be enjoyably responsive, with smooth motion, detailed images and well-defined highlights.

Read our Hisense A9G review for more details

Key specs - Display type: OLED; Screen sizes: 55in (tested) and 65in; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0; Refresh rate: 120Hz; Input lag: 26.8ms; VRR: Yes (48-60Hz); ALLM: Yes; Operating system: VIDAA U 5.0

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